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Act’s Response Small Minded

NEWS RELEASE OCTOBER 11, 1999

Rodney Hide’s response to Labour’s recent policy on gas powered cars was small minded, the Gas Transport Fuels Group said today.

“To suggest that supporting New Zealand’s gas transport fuels industry (LPG and CNG) equates to a return to carless days is just small minded politicking. It’s a typical MP trying to knock a political competitor while ignoring the bigger picture of what’s best for New Zealand industry,” a spokesman for the Group, Stephen Parker, said.

Mr Parker said Labour’s policy on buying gas vehicles for Government fleets is an opportunity for Government to work in partnership with industry to benefit New Zealand and New Zealanders.

“It’s a no cost option that will save the country millions of dollars a year, help to secure a New Zealand industry, provide jobs and give New Zealanders more choice, plus cheaper fuel.

“What’s so absurd about that? It’s a pity more politicians are not as keen to find ways to help New Zealand industry prosper.”

Mr Parker said most first world countries are developing huge gas vehicle fleets, and most leading car makers are now producing gas powered cars.

“Does Mr Hide think they are absurd as well?


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Issued on behalf of Gas Transport Fuels Group by Sigma Group (Wellington) Limited
(Daniel Paul), tel. (04) 4728-961.

For further information contact Stephen Parker, tel. (04) 472-5850.

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